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Junior Becky Gramer led the Knights with eight kills in defeat on Friday night.
Junior Becky Gramer led the Knights with eight kills in defeat on Friday night.
Volleyball - Sat, Sep. 1, 2012
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UPLAND, Ind. - The Marian University volleyball team dropped a hard-fought match to Davenport University, which is receiving votes in the NAIA Coaches' Poll, in three sets, 23-25, 27-29, 14-25, at the Trojan Classic in Upland, Ind., on Saturday evening.

The Knights are now 0-2 on the season. MU took on Robert Morris on Friday night, but results were unavailable.

The Knights battled with the Panthers throughout the first set. After taking a 9-6 lead on a service ace by junior Katie Kaiser, DU went on a 5-0 run to take an 11-9 lead. The two teams were tied six times through the rest of the set, but Davenport was able to hold on for the 25-23 win.

The second set opened with the teams trading points until the score was tied 13-13. The Knights went on a 5-1 run to take an 18-14 lead and eventually opened a 21-15 lead. DU was able to close the gap to 22-20 thanks to a 5-1 run. The Panthers eventually tied the match as they survived three set points to knot it at 24-24. After each team traded a pair of points, MU took a 27-26 lead and had a fourth set point. However, DU closed the match with a 3-0 run and earned the 29-27 win to take a 2-0 lead.

The third set saw the Panthers jump out to a 16-3 lead and they never looked back as they cruised to a 25-14 win to secure the sweep.

The Knights could not overcome 26 attack errors and a .043 hitting percentage for the match.

Junior Becky Gramer led MU with eight kills, while sophomore Megen Ruff finished with seven kills. Junior Kacie Kelly led the way with 25 assists, while Ruff added a team-high 11 digs.

The result of the Marian University/Robert Morris match was unavailable.

The Knights will close the Trojan Classic when they take on Indiana Tech, which is also receiving votes in the coaches' poll. First serve from Upland, Ind., is slated for 11 a.m.